Romulus & Remus Panel of the Franks Casket

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published on 11 October 2016

This panel depicts a scene from the famous Roman legend of twin brothers, Romulus and Remus. Abandoned as children, they were rescued and suckled by a she-wolf (centre). Another wolf, perhaps her mate, licks their feet, while men with spears rush in from both sides to capture or save the twins. Runes around the edges describe the scene. According to the legend, Romulus was eventually murdered his brother and found the city of Rome. The Casket was donated by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks. Early 700s. From Auzon, Haute-Loire, Auvergne, modern-day France. (The British Museum, London).



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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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